COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – A Columbus police officer has reportedly been fired and another suspended for breaking standard operating procedures, reports The Dispatch.
The newspaper reports the Columbus city council voted Tuesday to fire officer Eric Potts and suspend Roger Tate for 14 days without pay.
This is reportedly for their conduct during a November 11 police chase.
The Dispatch reports that during the chase, Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers were supposed to be leading the chase, but the two Columbus police officers “took it over” once the chase entered Columbus.
Tate is accused of joining the chase while off-duty, using his take-home patrol vehicle. Potts is accused of placing his service weapon against the suspect’s head following the chase.
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